How to Transform a T-Shirt: Three Ways

T-Shirt DIY Ideas: How to Transform a T-Shirt Three Ways

The moment the temperature outside starts reaching 90º is the same moment I start reaching for my scissors. Not a summer has passed where I haven't cut the sleeves off a tee or turned jeans into jorts (isn't that the best word ever?). With some scissors and a bit of thread, you can turn a boring tee that you may have otherwise thrown out into your new favorite top. There are a million ways to cut up and refashion a t-shirt – here are three of my favorite t-shirt DIY ideas.        Continue Reading

Roundup: 7 T-Shirt Re-Vamps

 created at: 03/26/2012

I am a hands down t-shirt and jeans kinda gal. Always have been; always will be. I’m also the kind of person that, when she finds t-shirts that she likes, she buys 6 of all the same style in 6 different colors. The problem with that is it can lead to boredom. The answer to such boredom, of course, is t-shirt reconstruction. The internets are full of such projects, but these caught my eye in particular. Continue Reading

How to: Turn a Tee into a Grocery Bag

Reusable grocery bags are a must, but a grocery bag made out of an old t-shirt is, well, a slice of re-use heaven. I particularly like the airy quality of this bag, which, seriously, does NOT look like it began its life as a t-shirt.     Between the Lines tells us we’ll need the following to make one for ourselves:

  • an old T-shirt
  • scissors
  • matching thread
  • a button
  • a piece of ribbon
  • a sewing machine

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How To: Make Your Own “Team Conan” T-Shirt

DIY Team Conan Tee

If you’ve ended up on the non-NBC side of last week’s titantic Tonight Show decision, then show off your pride with this DIY “Team Conan” t-shirt. Designed by yarnstress Vickie Howell (on whom I have a not-even-a-little-bit-secret crush), it’s as easy as download, transfer, and color.


  • Plain T-shirt
  • Tulip Fabric Markers
  • Transfer Paper & Pencil
  • Conan Template (see below)
  • Cardboard
  • Masking Tape

Get the template and instructions here!


How to Sew a Ruffly-Top Tee

I’ve been tempted to use one of my favorite tees as a pattern to make more tees for YEARS, but I’ve always been skeptical about the finish–especially around the neckline. A botched hem-job around the sleeves and bottom wouldn’t be as obvious as the one that frames your face.This project, however, from Make it and Love it solves that problem: They hide the hem at the neckline with a ruffle. Clever, huh? Here’s what you’ll need to give one a try:

  • paper, either one large piece (like butcher paper) or several smaller sheets taped together
  • a favorite tee
  • knit fabric, enough to replicate your favorite tee
  • sewing machine, thread, scissors, etc
  • this tute from Make it and Love it, which I do!
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How to turn a t-shirt into yarn.

Tee Yarn 9

The Eloominator shows us how to turn old t-shirts into yarn. (Yup, that stuff picture above used to be a t-shirt!) She uses the resulting yarn on a Weave-It Rug Loom or ‘any loom on which you can weave 4 ends per inch’. I could see using it to crochet rugs, however. Maybe a shower mat…To yarnify a tee of your own, here’s what you’ll need:

  • a single-knit tee 
  • a rotary cutter
  • a cutting mat

And that’s it–besides this tutorial, I mean. 

How to Upcycle a T-shirt into a Cardigan

Cal Patch over on Craftzine turned an oversized t-shirt into a feminine cardi. Yes, she did crochet the fancy new edging–which is another reason you should really learn how to crochet--but you could achieve a similar look by sewing on lacy edging. However, for the crochet version, you’ll need….

  • an oversized t-shirt
  • tape measure
  • thread
  • scissors
  • chalk
  • buttons
  • sock-weight yarn
  • small crochet hook

For the entire tute, check out this page over on Craftzine.

Image courtesy of Cal Patch and Craftzine.